PAD workshops | University of Oxford
Staff talk at UAS Conference
Staff talk at UAS Conference
Credit: Rob Judges

PAD workshops

Are you responsible for communications in your department or college? Would you like to find out more about best practice and share ideas with colleagues? These sessions are free of charge. Refreshments will be available and you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Details of each term's programme of workshops will be emailed at the beginning of the term to the Communications Officers Network. To join the network, please email

The programme for Trinity term 2016 is now complete. You can find the slides on the previous workshops page. Details of the Michaelmas term workshops will be circulated to the Communications Officers Network in due course.

Lunchtime sessions

These one-hour sessions give a high-level introduction to a current communications topic, with opportunity for questions and discussion. Numbers limited to 50-80, depending on room availability.

Informal discussion group

Held once a term, these one-hour sessions are an opportunity for informal discussion with communications colleagues to share ideas and good practice. No agenda, no presentations - just a chance to talk and learn. To encourage discussion and participation, numbers limited to 30.

Master classes

These 2-3 hour workshops explore a communications topic more deeply. Given that these sessions are more interactive, numbers are limited to 30.

Continuing Professional Development points

If you are a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Affairs, you can collect Continuing Professional Development points when you attend these sessions. You will need to sign in at each session you attend to be eligible.

  • 5 CPD points when you attend 2 or more of the one-hour lunchtime sessions in a term (including the informal discussion group) - you will be issued with a completion certificate at the end of the term.
  • 5 CPD points for each master class - you will be issued with a completion certificate after the session.

Previous workshops

You can find the slides on the previous workshops page.

The right image can be critical to getting your message across, but what makes an effective, eye-catching picture? Professional photographer John Cairns will cover the basics, including tips on composition, use of light and colour, and how to tell a story with your picture. This will be a great session if you’re interested in taking your own photographs or you’d like some tips on how to choose a great image.